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International Development

The Scottish Government's International Development Policy articulates the vision of Scotland's place in the world as a good global citizen, committed to play its role in addressing the challenges faced by our world. With a focus on working in partnership and achieving real and tangible outcomes on the ground, the Policy seeks to build upon both the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between Scotland and the developing world.

The Scottish Government's £9 million International Development Fund is focussed on seven countries around the world. We have a partnership agreement with the Government of Malawi and around half of our funding goes to projects in that country. We also supports projects in three other countries in Sub Saharan Africa and in 3 countries in South Asia. The Small Grants Funding Round has been set up to provide funding to smaller NGOs for projects in our 7 priority countries.

In addition, we are currently funding work in Uganda and South Africa through our partnership with Sport Relief and over the last few years we have provided emergency humanitarian funding in response to the crises in Syria and the Philippines.

The Scottish Government is also funding projects in Sub Saharan Africa through the Climate Justice Fund.

Latest news:

05 September - The Scottish Government has published the answers to the first round of FAQs regarding our Malawi Funding Round 2015. All slides used in the presentations for the information day on 29 August can now be found here.  The closing date for applications is 3 October.

30 July - A total of £500,000 humanitarian funding for people in Gaza from the Scottish Government has been announced by the Minister for External Affairs & International Relations.

21 July - The Minister for External Affairs & International Development has announced £375,000 Scottish Government funding which has been matched by Sport Relief for two UNICEF projects in Bangladesh and Malawi aimed at supporting young people as part of the legacy for Glasgow 2014.

24 June - The second round of the Small Grants Funding Round has been launched.  The fund is open to Scottish based not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £150,000.

16 June - The second round of the Climate Justice Fund has now closed for applications.  An announcement of the successful applicants will be made in due course.

21 March - The Minister for External Affairs & International Development has announced the successful recipients of the Small Grants Funding Round.